Community market garden launches apprenticeship fundraiser

Eves Hill Veg Co is to launch a Future Farmer apprenticeship programme in April, partly funded by a 100 Club initiative.

Ric Hollingbury (left) and Izzy Filby, two of the first trainees at Eves Hill Veg Co in 2017

The community market garden located just outside Reepham aims to raise £5,000 to offer a young person a first job in agriculture. The idea of the apprenticeship is to bridge the gap from training to work for someone who may otherwise struggle find employment, creating a first job in a supportive environment.
The 100 Club numbers cost £5 a month and cash prizes will be drawn quarterly. The club will be launched at Eves Hill Veg Co’s open day on Saturday 27 January alongside a screening of the film In Our Hands (BlackBark Films, 2016).
The open day will start at Eves Hill Farm in Booton with a tour at 2.30 pm and then head over the road to The Farmhouse, Church Road (NR10 4NY) for the film screening at 3.30 pm. It will also be an opportunity to hear more about Eves Hill Veg Co and its plans for 2018.
In Our Hands
Over the past 10 years, the UK has lost more than 33,000 farms. At a time when the fundamental links between people, land, food and healthy eating are being broken, this film showcases a growing movement of farmers and growers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all.
Eves Hill Veg Co
Eves Hill Veg Co is a not-for-profit community market garden on the edge of Reepham, growing mixed salads and a range of produce that is sold to the local community.
It welcomes people from all backgrounds to the garden through its volunteer and traineeship programmes, people with or at risk of mental health problems, those in career changes or wishing to get back to work, and those wishing to connect with and learn about agricultural and horticulture.
The ethos is that food growing is a wonderful way for people to develop skills and build confidence, bringing people together in a supportive environment, promoting health well-being in a farm setting.

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